Energizer Holdings (NYSE: ENR) and Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ:ULBI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Energizer Holdings and Ultralife Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energizer Holdings 0 3 4 0 2.57
Ultralife Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

Energizer Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $56.57, indicating a potential upside of 18.60%. Given Energizer Holdings’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Energizer Holdings is more favorable than Ultralife Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Ultralife Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energizer Holdings 11.00% 1,405.85% 10.70%
Ultralife Corporation 5.82% 7.19% 5.74%

Volatility & Risk

Energizer Holdings has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ultralife Corporation has a beta of -0.15, meaning that its stock price is 115% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Energizer Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Ultralife Corporation does not pay a dividend. Energizer Holdings pays out 36.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.0% of Energizer Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.8% of Ultralife Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Energizer Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 38.1% of Ultralife Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Energizer Holdings and Ultralife Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energizer Holdings $1.71 billion 1.72 $348.90 million $3.00 15.90
Ultralife Corporation $83.66 million 1.27 $7.74 million $0.32 21.41

Energizer Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Ultralife Corporation. Energizer Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ultralife Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Energizer Holdings beats Ultralife Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Energizer Holdings Company Profile

Energizer Holdings, Inc. is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of household batteries, specialty batteries and lighting products. The Company is a designer and marketer of automotive fragrance and appearance products. It operates through four geographic segments: North America, which consists of the United States and Canada; Latin America, which includes its markets in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific, which consists of its markets in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The Company offers batteries using lithium, alkaline, carbon zinc, nickel metal hydride, zinc air and silver oxide constructions. These products are sold under the Energizer and Eveready brands in the performance, premium and price segments and include primary, rechargeable, specialty and hearing aid products. It manufactures, distributes and markets lighting products, including headlights, lanterns, kid’s lights and area lights.

Ultralife Corporation Company Profile

Ultralife Corporation offers products and services ranging from power solutions to communications and electronics systems. The Company designs and manufactures power and communications systems, including rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, charging systems, communications and electronics systems and accessories, and custom engineered systems. The Company’s segments include Battery & Energy Products, Communications Systems and Corporate. The Battery & Energy Products segment includes lithium 9-volt, cylindrical, thin cell and other non-rechargeable batteries, in addition to rechargeable batteries, uninterruptable power supplies, charging systems and accessories. The Communications Systems segment includes radio frequency (RF) amplifiers, power supplies, cable and connector assemblies, amplified speakers, equipment mounts, case equipment, man-portable systems, integrated communication systems for fixed or vehicle applications, and communications and electronics systems design.

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